About this listing
Begin your India travels with good karma! Stay at our clean, comfortable, classy budget suite, in an elegant home, at Mumbai's most convenient central suburb!
KARMA is a twin-bedded, budget suite in Chembur. It has air-conditioning, hot water, wi-fi, a private bath, secure wardrobes, desk and chair, in a tastefully-designed, super-clean apartment. The suite has an extra open-out sofa-bed and hot water kettle (tea, coffee, milk powder, biscuits/crackers and toiletries form the welcome package).
KARMA is in a fully furnished and serviced designer apartment that has elevator access, 24 hr security, a lush garden below (we grow our own fruits and vegetables, organically!) in a premium area of Chembur.
Guests can access common areas of the apartment which include a beautiful, spacious, open-plan living-dining-kitchen TV room, and balcony with good views beyond. They are also welcome to hang out on the spacious rooftop terrace with its veggie garden, and a private lawn (with a swing and climbing frame for kids) in the building compound. So much private space is rare in Mumbai, and the property is pretty unique in this city...
Interaction with Guests
When I'm not traveling myself, I would be there to meet you and introduce you to Mumbai - the magnificent and sometimes exasperating city I call home! I have enjoyed the company of many of my guests and like to host decent, interesting folks who know how to enjoy the good life. If I am not there, be sure that I will have a very reliable and friendly person to host you in my place – and will be in email contact throughout.
This is a safe and convenient neighborhood with nearly 15 banks and ATMs on our street alone. For some reason several spas have come up - there are 3 within a two minute walk away. Besides banks and spas, we've got a Costa Coffee across the street, a Barista's down the street, and very good restaurants (North Indian, South Indian, Coastal and Continental), a new wine lounge and lots of shopping options nearby.
There are autorickshaws outside the gate, a taxi stand and bus stop opposite the house, and train station seven minutes walk away. A new road connects Chembur to South Mumbai by elevated freeway to get you there in 15 minutes. A new monorail goes to Central Mumbai, and will soon touch South Mumbai. The city's first metro now links Chembur to the western suburbs…and there's more to come as this new city centre is very well connected for access to all parts of the metropolitan area.
Other Things to Note
*** I have two suites and three studios in Chembur. If this one is reserved, please check for availability in the others…....
Dining-in – There are lots of dining options and I encourage you to eat out and try India's varied and wonderful cuisines. If however you are at least two guests in your party and prefer home-cooked meals, I can hire a cook to make your meals at a nominal cost.
Airport Pickup/Dropoff – If you are familiar with the city and its interesting taxi drivers, I recommend you refer to the detailed house directions on your reservation to get here on your own. However, if this is your first time in Mumbai and/or you are arriving at night and/or you do not speak the local language, and especially if you are a single woman, please use our airport pick up service. For a reasonable $30 charge to cover our time and travel costs, you will be met by a reliable friend of mine who will bring you directly to your suite by ac taxi, saving all of us a whole lot of stress. I cannot tell you how many times I have received frantic calls from guests who land up jet-lagged at the airport at 3 am to realize that there are no GPS-enabled taxis in Mumbai, the taxi drivers do not speak English and can be very rude, and that they are well and truly lost in the middle of the night (A useful tip: In India we use landmarks and directions from locals, not maps, to find our way.)
Other Services - We have folks on call who provide Ayurvedic massages, Mehendi Applications, Beauty Treatments, and Indian Cooking Classes at nominal costs. Also, I stock menus of all the nearby restaurants so you can make yourself cozy at home and just order in!
What's really not done….
Bringing in day/night visitors
Using the room for work/any commercial purpose
Engaging in any illegal activity
Leaving an unholy mess behind :-)